My father, 57 years old, recently had C3 C4 spinal surgery to correct spinal stenosis. As I understand it, there was a narrowing of his spinal cord which prevented spinal fluid and motorneurons from moving freely so before the surgery, he was experiencing loss of feeling in his hand, had an uneven gate, began to have trouble moving his legs and fingers, especially after periods of rest. He was told that some patients regain almost all of their previous ability, but that most experience an end to the decline and regain some percentage of their prior ability. [more inside]
I recently had knee replacement surgery and it went fabulously! I have not been active in years and years due to the knee pain, and the set up of my home and habits reflect this. [more inside]
Husband needs open heart surgery. Our preferred surgeon is not on our healthcare plan. We're going to request a benefit exception. We are in Washington state. We are on an individual plan, not with an employer. I called the insurer and requested a case worker. Any suggestions on my approach? Feeling overwhelmed already. [more inside]
I'm likely to have my gallbladder removed in upcoming months, and I have a few questions for those who ended up with a temporary or longer-lasting intolerance to fatty foods. (And I wonder if any of you ever had it improve your digestion -- excluding the no-doubt wonderful absence of attacks?) [more inside]
I think my gallbladder’s coming out in the months to come. I seek guidance about fat-free/low-fat foods that would be safe to eat afterwards -- any advice appreciated, but I would find non-cooking options (frozen foods/delivery/restaurant) particularly useful. [more inside]
Please help me plan a retirement party for my friend's uterus. [more inside]
Ulnar nerve anterior transposition surgery experiences. Have one? Please share! [more inside]
My husband will be having major surgery next week. As far as I can tell, I was born without normal sick-person-wrangling instincts. What helpful or comforting things should I be planning to do to support him through recovery, at the hospital and afterwards at home? [more inside]
I'm thinking of getting an endoscopic brow lift and I'd like to hear from anyone who's had one. Specifically - what was your experience like? Were you happy with the results? Would you do it again? Was the cost vs results ratio worth it?.
Needing re-constructive foot surgery, what type of doctor is best for this type of surgery, a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon? [more inside]
What are some things I can do before my upcoming shoulder surgery to make life a little easier afterwards? [more inside]
Those who suffer long-term from internal hemorrhoids: do you have any suggestions for me? (what I have is not your run-of-the-mill flare up) [more inside]
What have your experiences been with (endoscopic) sinus surgery? [more inside]
I need surgery and don't have insurance. What are my options? [more inside]
You are not my doctor or physical therapist. I am getting some minor surgery on my hand in a few weeks. (And I'll repeat the surgery on the other this coming year.) The surgeon stated it would be about 10 days before I could put my full weight on the hand to do things like push-ups (and probably, to get up from a seated position on the floor). [more inside]
How do I get my life on track with high debt and a chronic medical condition? [more inside]
I'm having brain surgery and need to get a medical loan for about 150k. Help? [more inside]
What are the Best books that list Best cosmtic surgery clinics or hospitals only in Bangkok, Thailand?
Where can I buy book(s) that list best hospitals/clinics for cosmetic surgeries in Bangkok, Thailand? [more inside]
How do I build up the muscle strength required to allow me to keep using my shoulder without surgery, after a dislocation? [more inside]
Does exercise reduce your ability to recover from surgery? [more inside]
I have a large cyst on one of my ovaries but I have to wait until the beginning of the week to find out if I have to have surgery and the waiting is killing me! I am wondering if some of you could throw some educated guesses my way on what I may be in for? [more inside]
What should I do, in the way of homework, before elective surgery? [more inside]
Experiences with rhinoplasty (nose job)? And, can anyone recommend a good plastic surgeon? [more inside]
I recently had a pretty nasty bicycle accident and had to have two metal plates put in my forearm. I've been given the option of having another surgery around the end of the year to have them taken out, but I really want to get back to work, and to be able to ride again, so I'm seriously considering just leaving them in. Are there any downsides to that? Or conversely, if anyones chosen to have them removed, why?
Is there any hope for someone with a lazy eye to eventually achieve full binocularity?
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LASIK - I'd love to ditch both my glasses and contacts. Have any of you had the procedure performed? In particular, I'm wondering if you have experienced any adverse or unexpected effects, and how much it cost.
Surgery for a Deviated Septum? Is it worth it? What are your experiences? [more inside]